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Myanmar consists of 7 states, 7 regions and 1 union territory. Each State and Region has its own regional Government. The head of a state or region is the Chief Minister. The members of the cabinet of ministry are terms as the Ministers of the State or Region. The cabinet comprises of the Chief Minister, Ministers and State Advocate.

Union Territory

Nay Pyi Taw

 

Nay Pyi Taw Union territory surrounds the capital city of Myanmar Nay Pyi Taw. The capital city is a planned city where the Union Parliament, the Supreme Court, the Presidential Palace, official residences of the Ministers and headquarters of government ministries and military are located.

Regions of Myanmar

MAGWAY REGION

Magway region is an administrative region in central Myanmar covering an area of 44,820 sq.km. The largest city of Magway region is Pakokku. CAPITAL CITY: MAGWAY CITY

Sagaing Region

Sagaing Region is located in the north-western part of the country and is bordered by India in the North. The region covers an area of 93,527 sq.km.

CAPITAL CITY: Sagaing City

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Sagaing Township, Myinmu Township, Myaung Township, Monywa Township, Chaugn-u Township, Ayadaw Township, Budalin Township, Shewbo Township, Depeyin Township, Ye-u Township, Khin-u Township, Taze Township, Kyunhla Township, Kanbalu Township, Wetlet Township, Katha Township, Indaw Township, Htigyaing Township, Pinlebu Township, Banmauk Township, Kawlin Township, Wuntho Township, Yinmabin Township, Salingyi Township, Pale Township, Kani Township, Kale Township, Kalewa Township, Min-gin Township, Mawlaik Township, Paungbyin Township, Tamu Township, Khante Township (Homalin Township, Leshi Township and Lahe Township)

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS NEED PRIOR PERMISSION: Nanyun Township

RESTRICTED AREAS: Katha, Banmauk

Mandalay Region

Mandalay Region is located in the centre of the country and consists of 7 districts which are subdivided into 30 townships.

CAPITAL CITY: Mandalay City

RESTRICTED AREAS: Mogok, Tha-beik-kyin, Pyin-oo-lwin (Kyuntaing, Nyaungkone, Thabyae Chaung, Moegyoepyit, Pategone, Naungpain, Maetaw, Mogok)

Yangon Region

Yangon Region is located towards lower Myanmar and is dominated by Yangon, the former capital and the largest city of the country. It covers an area of 10,170 sq.km.

CAPITAL CITY: Yangon City

Ayeyarwady Region

Ayeyarwady Region is the region occupying the delta region of the Ayeyarwady river and covers an area of 35,140 sq.km. This region has a number of lakes and rivers.

CAPITAL CITY: Pathein City

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Pathein Township – Shwe-thaung-yan Town and Ngwesaung Township, Kangyi daunk Township, Thabaung Township, Ngapudaw Township – Ngayokekaung Township and Hai-gyi-kyun Town, Kyonpyaw Township – Antaung Town, Yekyi Township – Ngathaingchaung Town and Ahthoke Town, Kyaunggon Township, Hinthada Township, Zalun Township, Lemyethna Township, Myanaung Township, Kyangin Township, Ingapu Township – Htoogyi Town, Myaungmya Township, Einme Township, Wakema Township – Kyonmanage Township, Maubin Township, Pantanaw Township, Nyaungdon Township, Danubyu Township, Phapon Township – Ahmar Town, Bogale Township, Kyaiklat Township, Dedaye Township, Labutta Township – Pyinsalu Town, Mawlamyinegyun Township

Bago Region

Bago Region is located in the south-central part of the country and has an approximate population of 4.8 million people as of 2014. It opens up to the Gulf of Martaban in the east.

CAPITAL CITY: Bago City

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Bago Township, Daik-U Township, Nyaunglebin Township, Kyauktaga Township, Waw Township, Thanatpin Township, Kawa Township, Taungoo Township, Yedashe Township, Oktwin Township, Phyu Township, Htantabin Township, Kyaukkyi Township, Pyay Township, Paukkaung Township, Thaegon Township, Paungde Township, Shwedaung Township, Padaung Township, Tharrawaddy Township, Letpadan Township, Minhla Township, Monyo Township, Okpho Township, Gyobingauk Township, Zigon Township and Nattalin Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS ARE PERMITTED ONLY IN DOWNTOWN AREAS: Shwe Kyin Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS NEED PRIOR PERMISSION: Shwe Kyin Township (The rest areas except downtown of Shwe Kyin)

RESTRICTED AREAS: Htantabin, Kyaukkyi, Kyaukkyi Township (Mone)

Tanintharyi Region

Tanintharyi Region is the region covering the long narrow southern part of the country on the Kra Isthmus. It mainly consists of islands and coastal area.

CAPITAL CITY: Dawei City

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Kawthaung Township – Khamaukgyi Sub-Township, Dawei Township – Myitta Sub-Township, Yebyu Township – Kaleinaung Sub-Township, Launglon Township, Thayetchaung Township, Tanintharyi Township, Palaw, Palauk Sub-Township and Myeik Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS ARE PERMITTED ONLY IN DOWNTOWN AREAS: Bokpyin Township – Pyigyimandaing Sub-Township, Karathuri Town, Kyunsu Township

RESTRICTED AREAS: Kawthaung(Khamaukgyi)

States of Myanmar

Chin State

Chin State is located in western Myanmar and covers an area of 36,019 sq.km. It is a mountainous region with fewer transportation options. The state is inhabited by 53 different tribes and subtribe who speak a variety of languages.

CAPITAL CITY: HAKHA CITY

Kayah State

Kayah State is located in eastern Myanmar and covers an area of 11,670 sq.km. The state is primarily inhabited by Karenni ethnic group who are also known as Red Karen or Kayah or Sino-Tibetan people.

CAPITAL CITY: Loikaw City

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Loi-kaw Township, Demoso Township (Dawkaladu and Taneelalae Village in Dawkalawdu Village Group, Ngwetaung Village in Ngwetaung Village Group, Panpetrwanku, Panpetsaunglu, Panpetpemasaung, Panpetkateku and Panpetdawke Villages, Hpasawng Township, Uptown Quarters in Hpasaung, Bawlakheand Mese, towns on the bordering- trade way with Thailand, Bawlakhe Township (uptown quarters in Hpasaung, Bawlakheand Mese, towns on the bordering- trade way with Thailand), Mese Township (uptown quarters in Hpasaung, Bawlakheand Mese, towns on the bordering- trade way with Thailand)

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS ARE PERMITTED ONLY IN DOWNTOWN AREAS: Hpruso Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS NEED PRIOR PERMISSION: Shadaw Township and all areas except those mentioned in the above two lists.

Kayin State

Kayin State is located in the southeastern part of the country and is mostly mountainous in nature. The topography is predominantly dominated by Dawna Range which runs from the north-west to south-east direction.

CAPITAL CITY: Hpa-an City

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Hpa-an Township, Mya-wady Township (Su-kali Sub-Township and Wal-lae Sub-Township)

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS ARE PERMITTED ONLY IN DOWNTOWN AREAS: Kaw-ka-reik Township (Kyone-doe Sub-Township), Hlaingbwe Township (Pai-kyone Sub-Township and Shan-ywa-thit Sub-Township), Thandaunggyi Township (Leiktho Town and Bawgali Town)

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS NEED PRIOR PERMISSION: Kyain Seikgyi Township (Phayathonsu Town and Kyeikdon Town) and Hpa-pun Township (Kamamaung Town)

RESTRICTED AREAS: Papun, Hlaing bwe, Shanywathit, Sukali, Wawlaymyaing,Thantaunggyi, Kya-In-Seik-Gyi, Kawkareik

Kachin State

Kachin State in the northernmost state of Myanmar covering an area of 89,041 sq.km. The highest mountain of Myanmar Hkakabo Razi and the largest inland lake of Southeast Asia, Indawgyi Lake are located here.

CAPITAL CITY: MYITKINA

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Bhamo Township, Shwegu Township, Mogaung Township, Mohnyin Township, Myit-kyi-na Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS ARE PERMITTED ONLY IN DOWNTOWN AREAS: Putao Township, Machanbaw Township, Mansi Township, Momauk Township, Waingmaw Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS NEED PRIOR PERMISSION: Naung-mon Township, Kawng-lan-hpu Township, Sumprabum Township, Hpakant Township, Tanai Township, Injangyang Township, Chipwi Township, Tsawlaw Township

RESTRICTED AREAS: Lweje, Dotphonyan, Sadone, Kanpeiktee, Panandin, Kamaing,Shinbwayyang, Panwar

Mon State

Mon State lies between Kayin state in the east and the Andaman sea in the west and covers an area of 12,155 sq.km. Small islands such as Kalegauk, Wa Kyin and Kyungyi island are also included within the boundaries of this state.

CAPITAL CITY: Mawlamyine City

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Bilin Township – Kalatha Hill near Taunggyi Village, Kyaukpi Phaya and Kyaukdaga Pagoda near Melan Village (Except these,other areas need to get permission), Thahton Township – Myathabeik Pagoda in Nankhe Quarter (Except these, other areas need to get permission), Thanbyuzayat Township – Wekali Natural Hot Spring , Panga Sarkween, Death Railway Museum, War Cemetry Museum, Kyaikkhami Yele Pagoda and Setse Beach (Except these, other areas need to get permission), Kyaikhto Township, Paung Township – Zinkyaik Town, Moattama Town, Mawlamyine Township, Chaungzon Township, Mudon Township and Kamawat Town.

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS ARE PERMITTED ONLY IN DOWNTOWN AREAS: Ye Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS NEED PRIOR PERMISSION: Kyaikmaraw Town

Rakhine State

Rakhine State is located along the western coast of Myanmar and covers an area of 36,762 sq.km. The Arakan Mountains rising up to 3063 metres at Victoria Peak is the highest part of this state.

CAPITAL CITY: MRAUK U CITY

RESTRICTED AREAS: Taungpyoletwe, Palet-wa, Sittwe (15 IDP Camps), Ya-the-daung (4 IDP Camps), Pauk-taw (4 IDP Camps), Kyauktaw (1 IDP Camp), Myebon (1 IDP Camp), Kuaukpyu (1 IDP Camp), Rambywel (1 IDP Camp) Bu-thi-daung, Maung- daw

Shan State

Shan State is one of the largest states of Myanmar covering an area of 155,800 sq.km which is almost a quarter of the land area of Myanmar. The state is home to the Shan people, a distinctive ethnic group of the country.

CAPITAL CITY: Taunggyi City

PERMITTED AREAS FOR TRAVEL: Taunggyi Township, Kalaw Township, Nyaungshwe Township, Hopong Township, His Hseng Township, Pinlaung Township, Phekon Township, Ywangan Township, Pindaya Township, Muse Township, Namhkam Township, Kutkhaing Township, Hopang Township – Panlong Town, Kyaingtong Township, Mong Khet Township, Mong Yang Township, Mong Ping Township, Tachileik Township, Mong Hpayak Township and Mong Yawng Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS ARE PERMITTED ONLY IN DOWNTOWN AREAS: Yatsawk Township, Loilen Township – Pinlon Town, Namhsan Township – Kholan Sub-Township, Kunhing Township – Ka-li Town, Lecha Township, Linke Township, Moenel Township, Lashio Township, Thein-ni Township, Tangyan Township, Konglong Township, Mineyal Township, Kyaukme Township, Hsipaw Township, Naungcho Township, Namtu Township, Nansang Township, Moemate Township, Mabein Township, Minesat Township, Minetong Township and Matmann Township

AREAS WHERE TOURISTS NEED PRIOR PERMISSION: Kyay-thee Township, Mai-kai Township, Mai-shu Township, Mai-pan Township, Mauk-mae Township, Manton Township, Lauk-kaing Township, Kone-kyan Township, Mong-la Township, Nar-phan Township, Pan-wine Township, Pan-sann (Pan-khan) Township and Mai-maw Township

RESTRICTED AREAS: Mong ngoc, Mong lon, Chin-shwe-haw. Hopang, Namtit, Panlon, Mawhteik, Muse, Namkhan, Kutkai, Mankan, Mong Khet, Mong Yang (Mong Pauk), Mong la, Mong Pyin(Tontar), Mong Hpauk, Mong Yawng(Mong Yu), Hsi Hseng, Loilen (Mong Pon)